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BA in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure) at Colorado Christian University aims to equip graduates to influence and guide the next generation through the role of teaching. The program does not lead to Colorado state licensure, but graduates can pursue positions in some private, charter, or international schools. Read more about the details of this program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure)

School Offering Program:

Colorado Christian University

Degree Level:

Bachelor's

Program Prerequisites:

Those applying to the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program at Colorado Christian University should be interested in becoming a teacher for students in kindergarten through third grade. All programs at Colorado Christian University require a high school degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

This Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program does not lead to Colorado state licensure, but meets the requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International. The teaching is designed to equip students in areas of curriculum development, classroom management, group dynamics, and literacy, focusing on the youngest age bracket of students, those in kindergarten through third grade. Student teaching is not a requirement for the program, but students are required to complete experiences in the field. Operating from a Christian worldview, this program includes a unique blend of both theoretical and practical learning. Due to small class sizes, students are given the opportunity to have frequent interaction with instructors who have personal experience working in the field.

Learning Format:

Online, on-campus, hybrid

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Colorado Christian University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure):

The coursework included in the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure) program at Colorado Christian University includes general education, professional core, and elective courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado Christian University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Core Courses (48 credits)

  • World Views
  • Students can choose one of the following:
    • Art Appreciation
    • Creative Arts
  • Students can choose one of the following:
    • Classic Christmas Films & Literature
    • C.S. Lewis in Film & Literature
  • Adult Studies Seminar II
  • Old Testament Introduction
  • New Testament Introduction
  • Introduction to College Writing
  • Students can choose one of the following:
    • Investigative Writing
    • Information Literacy
  • Students can choose one of the following:
    • Oral Communication
    • Interactive Communication
  • Adult Studies Seminar I
  • Math Concepts (or other higher-level math)
  • Biological Diversity (or other science)
  • Biological Diversity Lab (or other science lab)
  • General Psychology (or psychology equivalent)
  • Environmental Geography (or world geography)
  • Students can choose one of the following:
    • America Since 1877 (or other U.S. history course)
    • Western Civilization I (or other world history course)

Prerequisite Professional Core Courses (6 credits)

  • Health, Safety, and Nutrition for ECE
  • 100 level or higher ECE course

Professional Core Courses (31 credits)

  • Teaching as a Profession
  • Field I: Standards-Based Planning
  • Math and Science Methods
  • Literacy Methods
  • Social Studies and Creative Arts Methods
  • Assessment and Measurement
  • Classroom and Instructional Management
  • Special Needs Methods
  • Field II: Strategic Instruction
  • Psychological Foundations of Education
  • Teaching the Developing Reader

Open Electives (35 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education may choose to further their education with a master's level program. Building on the foundation of a bachelor's degree may result in more career options or increased responsibilities.

Some possible degree options include:

  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education
  • Master of Education in Special Education

Career Paths:

Graduates from this program could be qualified to apply for teaching positions in some private, charter, or international schools. Those who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education (Non-Licensure) are not automatically able to teach in Colorado state schools, but this can be pursued after the program if desired.

Possible careers include:

  • Private school early child educator
  • Charter school early child educator
  • International school early child educator

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